Summer Party Guide: How to Throw a Classic British Garden Party in London

Summer garden parties are quintessentially British. Whether you want them to be informal and fun, or wish to make them sophisticated, they are best way to celebrate with your friends during summer.

Roll up your sleeves and start planning your London summer party today. Get your apron on and woo your friends with some classic British dishes, such as trifle, asparagus, and Stilton tarts. If you are confused about how to plan this British affair, then follow this guide. This party planning guide will take you through the steps involved in organising a classic garden party in London.
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Who’s Coming?
Do you want to invite everyone or just wish to stick to a selected few? Will it be a big bash or you want to host a small garden party? Consider these questions and make arrangements appropriately. Create some impressive invitations and spread them out to your guests. To save on the cost of party invites, you download beautiful garden party invites templates from http://www.freeprintable.com. Print them off, fill them, and pop them in a post.

Creative invitations ideas are always fun for your guests. They build excitement before the party date. If you have enough time before your summer party, try to make your handmade invitations. Take help from your family to choose the design and fill details, such as location, theme, and activities.
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A Garden Venue
Probably the most important factor you need to consider, when planning a summer party in London. In the heart of City, you will find a variety of outdoor party venues, offering exclusive garden or courtyard space for your event. You can easily hire a garden venue online at thecitycollection.org, and plan a quintessentially British party in London. Venues listed here offer great location and outstanding facilities to throw a BBQ or alfresco party in the City. You can select from a selection of garden and courtyard venues here by stating your requirements online.

A garden venue, with serene backdrop will surely add more appeal your event. Party spaces, such as Bank of England Sports Centre, Gibson Hall, and The City of London Club will give much needed British feel to the party. A central location, special packages, and excellent catering service, what else you need for a garden party in London.
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Flowers and Cake
A quintessential British party is incomplete without colourful flowers and a stunning cake. For decorating centrepieces and the garden, use plenty of summer flowers. To take fun outdoors, use petite- centrepieces that are easy to create and are inexpensive. Use fresh sustainably grown flowers to create lush green simple centrepieces. These centrepieces look perfect for a birthday, luncheon, a corporate get together, or a wedding in summer. Small hand-tied bouquets using pink hydrangea, surrounded by green hydrangeas give whimsical look to your garden affair. Roses, tulips, and gerberas are good garden party alternatives too.

A stunning party cake, covered in colourful flowers will be ideal for your event. A floral cake fits perfectly for your garden party.
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Garden Decorations:
Woo your guests by decorating the garden in a classic British style. Flowers in vintage vases, classic white cotton or linen tablecloths, traditional bunting, and candles in jam jars, use these tips to create a whimsical atmosphere for your guests.

LIGHTING

a) Candle Light – Lighting creates a great impact on the ambience of a garden party. So, use your own candle light to give an extra dimension to the party decoration. Paper luminaries with warm amber glow will be good addition on the route of the garden. Fill brown bags with sand and pop a jam jar with candle in it. You can even think of using battery operated LED candles to have a flickering effect.
b) Paper Lanterns – Paper lanterns create a huge impression outdoors. Use white or cream coloured paper, as they look natural and work best with surroundings.
c) Hanging Jar Lanterns – To have a quintessentially British look, suspend hanging jar lanterns from tree branches or trellis. This simple garden decorative item will add more excitement and uniqueness to your summer party.
d) Crystal Beaded Strands – They add a magical touch to your garden celebration and summer theme. Use strands of crystal beads to turn your garden venue into an enchanted forest. Hang these beads from trees in clusters at varying heights. Angle them nicely so that they twinkle when they catch the light.
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TABLE AND CHAIR STYLING

a) Dress the table in a theatrical way so that it adds a fantasy look to your event.
b) Keep everything earthy, rustic, and un-manicured when decorating the garden.
c) Use a beige or stone coloured tablecloth with matching napkins to cover the tables.
d) You can even use drapery and tie them around each corner or the table to give a dramatic feel.
e) Place dark red charger plates to accent the colour again earthy browns.
f) Ivy tendrils around table legs will create a wild feel to the decorations.
g) Have a unique place setting for your guests, using a personalised tray made from picture frame and ribbons.
h) Give chairs a new life by draping table runners.
i) Vases are not just for flowers, you can float tea lights in them and line the bottom with rocks to give a peaceful feel.
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Food
Think about foods that are in season and capture flavours of Garden. Create an earthy menu comprising plenty of fresh fruits, herbs, vegetables, and edible flowers. Make sure that every single dish you prepare includes at least one of these things in a significant way. To give you an idea about classic British garden menu, below are few examples of dishes people have used for a similar party:


APPETIZERS


a) Serve chilled pea and mint soup in shot glasses
b) Slices of marinated lamb in honey and shallots
c) Grilled zucchini rolls filled with basil, goat cheese, and parsley
d) Tea sandwiches
e) Scotch eggs

MAIN COURSE

a) Roast fillet of beef
b) Roasted loin of lamb glazed with butternut squash, baby vegetables, and rose petal jam
c) For vegetarians, serve asparagus and aubergine with red Thai yam, lentil curry, chilli and lime rice noodles

DESSERTS

a) Chocolate hazelnut brownie
b) Lavender ice cream
c) Chocolate dipped strawberry
d) Caramelised lemon tart
e) Homemade cupcakes
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Drinks
Fruit based cocktails are best recipes to compliment your British garden party ideas. Use lot of herbs to prepare perfect mixology of fruit based cocktails at your party. Here are few examples of fruit and flower based cocktails that you can use at your garden party in London:

a) Rose petal martini
b) Lavender martini
c) Butterfly cocktail
d) Mango colada
e) Banana daiquiri
f) Lemon husky
g) Pear and rosemary cocktail
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Tips and Suggestions
Summer is the best season to entertain your guests. A British garden party includes lots of seasonal produce, and nature does decorating for you. Follow these tips, if you are planning a great garden party this summer:

1) Have plenty of Ice – Your guests can feel the heat of the hot summer day. Thus, arrange lots of cooling ice to keep them relaxed and chilled during a summer party.
2) Go for the seasonal menu – When planning a garden party menu, make sure that you include plenty of fresh, seasonal ingredients possible. Salads and grilled food are best alternatives to stews and casseroles.
3) Shelter from the Sun – For a daytime party, provide your friends with enough options for escaping from the sun. Tables with umbrella, rented tent, and chairs will allow your guests to escape from the heat.
4) Ice Creams for Desserts – Summers are best time to have ice creams. So, do not forget to serve a variety of ice creams for desserts. You can set up an ice cream buffet too.

Whatever planning you incorporate, make sure you do it in advance, with the help of in-house team at summer party venues London. Throw a quintessentially British garden party for your friends and enjoy the sun outdoors.

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